Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Scout21, Aug 3, 2022.
A good deer bullet expands rapidly, may shed a bit of weight, and may exit out the other side. It usually does exit with anything 7mm-08/280 Rem/270 Win or above.
I would choose a bonded exclusively for smaller deer cartridges like the 6mm choices.
Nonetheless, if prices are similar, I would be hard pressed not to get the bonded.
Another advantage is that bonded bullets hold together better at high velocities, which can be helpful for certain cartridges.
On the whole, though, I don't think they offer significant advantages in "normal" hunting, like medium size deer at typical ranges with traditional hunting cartridges. In the OP's shoes, I simply wouldn't worry about bullets much at all, as there's very little that won't be perfectly adequate for the job.
@.38 Special said.
I would consider a cup and core to be the better option in 3000-2500 fps cartridges.
They're what I use when the shots might be close, rather than load the rifle down. For deer the lethality difference (IF there even is one) IMHO is moot.
Just make sure you're using them within their recommended impact velocity. Most cup and core bullets work fine between around 1800-2800 fps. If they impact slower they may not expand. Faster and they may over expand and not give adequate penetration. Many premium bullets will stay together at very fast speeds, but also need more speed to expand
Other than that, there isn't much downside to using premium bullets. Yes, they cost a little more, but used as hunting bullets it isn't a deal killer. I can buy 200 of the cheapest cup and core hunting bullets and the money I save over 200 premium bullets will only buy me about 1/2 tank of gas for my truck. That 1/2 tank of gas won't get me very far, but 200 bullets used to zero a rifle, get in a little practice and hunt with will last me several seasons.
A 165gr Speer, Accubond or the TGK would be my pick for the 308.
On Mule deer I may opt for a bonded to stretch out a bit more to maybe 2-300 yds and want a good blood trail.
What the fun in that? I am always trying new things, I might find something that works even better.
I would also suggest giving all copper bullets a look. They have some very nice advantages.
Many problems are caused by the fixing of things that are not broken...
How many new innovations have been passed over or never invented due to that attitude...
It was an old engineering saying, I meant it as joke...
In theory the core doesn't shed the jacket .
Now is the core shedding it's jacket when you shoot a deer a problem ... or ... do you simply want to kill the deer " More Dead " ... or ... do you just want to use fancy bullet that cost more .
Whatever the reason they all work on deer as they don't need a lot of killing ... heck a simple cast bollet of wheel weight metal and lead works just fine . $25 dollar Lee bullet mould gets you into the bullet making business .
Sorry I missed the joke. As a "paid-optimist", an R&D engineer by profession, that saying has always bothered me.
I think you answered your own question. Cup-and-core bullets work well on deer. If I was investing a great deal of money in an out of state hunt or hunting in an area with big body bucks I would step it up to a bonded bullet.
I always used bonded bullets in my 300 mags as I wanted to reduce the chance of the bullet blowing up. In my 7mm mag I have used both and have been equally successful.
When you consider the cost of hunting the ammo is the cheapest part.
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